This little book, written in 1946 by the dean of German historians, is one of the most significant to come out of his country since the war. Once an anti-Semite and apostle of Treitschke, Meinecke at 84, and after two disastrous world wars, had come to believe that Germany, to resume her historic function in Europe, must go back to the cultural and political ideals of the pre-Bismarckian era. "We can win back power," he asserts, "only as a member of a future federation voluntarily concluded, of the Central and West European states."
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